4 October 2023

Posts Tagged ‘western wood-pewee’

Heat Wave

Sunday, June 13th, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 June 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Dog and I started early, what with a hot day forecast. Sure enough it was cloudless, but here on the east side of the basin, we’ve got the mountain shade early—and a little bit of a breeze kept things about room temperature on our way up to the ridge, where I decided we could climb for a change.

And climb we did. Had plenty of water for Jack, and most of the hike was in shadow. (The sunny spots were a little toasty.) Quite a few birds out early—I figure they didn’t want to have to brave the afternoon heat. Which, by the way, reached 100° (F). (Tomorrow’s supposed to get to 101°, and the day after 102°.)

It’ll be a drought-ravaged year here in the west, but still we’ll go out hiking. (Early.)

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:03 a.m. (8:03 MDT), I hiked about 1,200 feet up a mountain.

1. American Robin* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee
3. Lazuli Bunting
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. House Finch**
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
8. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
9. Rock Pigeon
10. Black-billed Magpie*
11. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. Western Wood-pewee
14. Western Tanager (v)
15. Warbling Vireo
16. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
17. Mourning Dove (wing whistle)
18. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
19. Cooper’s Hawk


20. California Quail
21. Song Sparrow (v)
22. European Starling
23. Eurasian Collared-dove
24. Barn Swallow
25. House Sparrow


Rock Squirrel
Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
Spotted Towhee (female), East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08 June 2021.
Spotted Towhee (female).

A little windy this morning, and few birds to start. As the sun topped the ridge and the air warmed up, more of the usual resident suspects made appearances—especially buntings and towhees.

It’s pretty dry, though. Drought conditions, in fact. Throughout the western states. Summer-like fire warnings with a couple weeks left in spring. Things are still green, and dragonflies are out, and pollinators are tending to multitudes of high desert flowers. But when draught comes to the high desert, there’s room for a little concern.

Still Nature knows what she’s doing. All life’s connected. And precipitation will come. Eventually.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:24 a.m. (8:24 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch**
2. Lazuli Bunting
3. Black-chinned Hummingbird
4. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
5. Spotted Towhee
6. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
7. Chipping Sparrow
8. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
9. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
10. Warbling Vireo
11. Black-billed Magpie*
12. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
13. Western Wood-pewee
14. American Robin* (v)
15. Downy Woodpecker


16. European Starling
17. California Quail
18. House Sparrow
19. Mourning Dove
20. Rock Pigeon


Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Sunday, May 30th, 2021
Black-headed Grobeak, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 May 2021.
Black-headed Grobeak.

Breezy, cool, mostly overcast to start, clearing later—and what a hike it would be. Tallied twenty-four varied species (including a random Mallard flyby).

Other birds of interest were a couple of flycatchers, a Brewer’s Sparrow, a little flock of swallows, a tanager. Several species stopped to let me take their photo.

Already looking forward to morning.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:11 a.m. (8:11 MDT), I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Lazuli Bunting
2. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
3. Rock Pigeon
4. Black-chinned Hummingbird
5. American Robin*
6. Spotted Towhee
7. Warbling Vireo
8. Western Wood-pewee
9. Mourning Dove
10. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. House Finch**
13. Mallard
14. Rock Wren
15. Brewer’s Sparrow
16. Pine Siskin (v)
17. Chipping Sparrow
18. Black-capped Chickadee
19. Black-throated Gray Warbler (v)
20. Black-billed Magpie
21. Virginia’s Warbler
22. Violet-green Swallow
23. Western Tanager


24. California Quail
25. European Starling
26. Song Sparrow


Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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